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The best new gaming laptops, ranked

Here are the best current gaming laptops we've tested in the CNET Labs, from dual-GPU big-screen monsters to slim mainstream laptops that sneak in discrete Nvidia graphics.

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Meet the fastest, most powerful gaming laptops we've tested

When reviewing a gaming laptop or desktop, we run preset tests using several games, including Far Cry 5, Metro: Exodus and others, along with standard benchmarks such as 3DMark, which is designed to test a computer's 3D graphic-rendering capabilities.

For this list, we're ranking the laptops in descending order of 3DMark Fire Strike Ultra scores, but the real-world game scores (presented as the number of frames of animation per second the laptop can render) match these very closely. Note that these scores are specifically for the exact configurations of each laptop we tested, and almost all can be configured with a wide range of options.

Read more about the latest gaming laptop winners and losers here.

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Alienware Area-51m

GPU: Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080

3DMark Fire Strike Ultra: 6,337

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Origin PC Eon-17X

GPU: Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080

3DMark Fire Strike Ultra: 6,228

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Acer Predator Triton 900

GPU: Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080

3DMark Fire Strike Ultra: 5,719

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Origin PC Eon-17X (2018)

GPU: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080

3DMark Fire Strike Ultra: 5,330

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Asus ROG Zephyrus GX701

GPU: Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080

3DMark Fire Strike Ultra: 5,299

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Razer Blade Pro 17

GPU: Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 with Max-Q Design

3DMark Fire Strike Ultra: 5,003

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Origin PC EVO 16S

GPU: Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 with Max-Q Design

3DMark Fire Strike Ultra: 4,667

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Acer Predator Triton 500

GPU: Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 with Max-Q Design

3DMark Fire Strike Ultra: 4,642

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Origin PC Evo16-S (mid 2019)

GPU: Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 with Max-Q Design

3DMark Fire Strike Ultra: 4548

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Lenovo Legion Y740-17

GPU: Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 with Max-Q Design

3DMark Fire Strike Ultra: 4,472

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MSI GS75 Stealth 8SG

GPU: Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 with Max-Q Design

3DMark Fire Strike Ultra: 4,464

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Razer Blade 15 Advanced (2019, OLED)

GPU: Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 with Max-Q Design

3DMark Fire Strike Ultra: 4,330

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Origin PC Evo 15

GPU: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070

3DMark Fire Strike Ultra: 4,262

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Alienware m15 (2019, OLED)

GPU: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 with Max-Q Design

3DMark Fire Strike Ultra: 4,235

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HP Omen X 2S

GPU: Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 with Max-Q Design

3DMark Fire Strike Ultra: 4,106  

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Acer Predator Helios 500

GPU: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070

3DMark Fire Strike Ultra: 4,102

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Asus ROG Zephyrus M GM501

GPU: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070

3DMark Fire Strike Ultra: 3,954

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Asus ROG Strix Scar II

GPU: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 

3DMark Fire Strike Ultra: 3,938

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Lenovo Legion Y740-15

GPU: Nvidia GeForce RTX 2070 

3DMark Fire Strike Ultra: 3,851

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Alienware m15

GPU: Nvidia GeForce RTX 1070 with Max-Q Design

3DMark Fire Strike Ultra: 3,369

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Asus Zephyrus GX531GS

GPU: Nvidia GeForce RTX 1070 with Max-Q Design

3DMark Fire Strike Ultra: 3,435

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Razer Blade (15-inch, 2018)

GPU: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 with Max-Q Design 

3DMark Fire Strike Ultra: 3,431

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Digital Storm Equinox

GPU: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 with Max-Q Design 

3DMark Fire Strike Ultra: 3,413

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MSI GS65 Stealth Thin

GPU: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 with Max-Q Design 

3DMark Fire Strike Ultra: 3,342

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Lenovo Legion Y545

GPU: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660Ti

3DMark Fire Strike Ultra: 3,066

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Razer Blade 15 (2019)

GPU: Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 with Max-Q Design 

3DMark Fire Strike Ultra: 3,362

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Lenovo Legion Y7000P-1060

GPU: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060

3DMark Fire Strike Ultra: 2,716

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Asus ROG Strix Hero Edition GL503V

GPU: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060

3DMark Fire Strike Ultra: 2,657

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Razer Blade 15 RZ09-0270

GPU: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 with Max-Q Design

3DMark Fire Strike Ultra: 2,593

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HP Pavilion Gaming Laptop

GPU: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050Ti

3DMark Fire Strike Ultra: 2,318

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Samsung Notebook Odyssey

GPU: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060

3DMark Fire Strike Ultra: 2,259

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Lenovo Legion Y730-15

GPU: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050Ti

3DMark Fire Strike Ultra: 1,899

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Acer Nitro 5

GPU: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050Ti

3DMark Fire Strike Ultra: 1,873

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Dell G5 5590 (2019)

GPU: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650

3DMark Fire Strike Ultra: 1867

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Dell G5 15 (2018)

GPU: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050Ti

3DMark Fire Strike Ultra: 1,851

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Lenovo Legion Y530

GPU: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050Ti

3DMark Fire Strike Ultra: 1,825

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Asus ZenBook Pro 15

GPU: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050Ti

3DMark Fire Strike Ultra: 1,753

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Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme

GPU: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050Ti with Max-Q Design

3DMark Fire Strike Ultra: 1,641

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Dell XPS 15, 2-in-1 (2018)

GPU: AMD Radeon RX Vega M GL Graphics

3DMark Fire Strike Ultra: 1,627

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Full results are below for gaming laptops tested 2018-2019. 

Laptops with the best battery life: See the top laptops and two-in-one PCs with the longest battery life. 

Fastest gaming laptops, ranked: All the most-powerful gaming laptops tested in the CNET Labs. 

More news and reviews for PC and Mac laptops, tablets and desktops.  

RankSystem Name3DMark Fire Strike Ultra scoreGraphics card
1Alienware Area-51m6,337Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080
2Origin PC Eon-17X6,228Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080
3Origin PC Eon17X (2018)5,330Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080
4Asus ROG Zephyrus GX7015,299Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 with Max-Q Design
5Origin PC EVO 16S4,667Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 with Max-Q Design
6Lenovo Legion Y740-174,472Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 with Max-Q Design
7Acer Predator Triton 5004,642Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 with Max-Q Design
8MSI GS75 Stealth 8SG4,464Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 with Max-Q Design
9Origin Evo 154,262Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070
10Acer Predator Helios 5004,102Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070
11Asus ROG Zephyrus M GM5013,954Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070
12Asus ROG Strix Scar II3,938Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070
13Microsoft Surface Studio 23,893Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070
14Lenovo Legion Y740-153,851Nvidia GeForce RTX 2070 with Max-Q Design
15Alienware m153,669Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 with Max-Q Design
16Asus Zephyrus GX531GS3,435Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 with Max-Q Design
17Razer Blade 153,431Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 with Max-Q
18Digital Storm Equinox3,413Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 with Max-Q
19MSI GS65 Stealth Thin3,342Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 with Max-Q
20Razer Blade 15 (2019)3,362Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 with Max-Q Design
21Lenovo Legion Y7000P-10602,716Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060
22Asus ROG Strix Hero Edition GL503V2,657Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060
23Razer Blade 15 RZ09-02702,593Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 with Max-Q Design
24HP Pavilion Gaming Laptop (15-c0042nr)2,318Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 Ti
25Samsung Odyssey 850XAC2,259Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060
26Lenovo Legion Y730-151,899Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 Ti
27Acer Nitro 51,873Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050Ti
28Dell G5 151,851Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 Ti
29Lenovo Legion Y5301,825Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 Ti
30Asus ZenBook Pro 15 UX580G1,753Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050Ti
31Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme1,641Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050Ti with Max-Q Design
32Dell XPS 15 9575 2-in-11,627AMD Radeon RX Vega M GL Graphics

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